Your Role in Maintaining Your AC Unit & What to Leave to the Professionals

When it comes to air conditioning maintenance, both you and your local AC professional play an important part in keeping your unit functioning to its highest capacity. There are some things you can do to check on your air conditioner and encourage its ability to work properly, thus prolonging its life and minimizing the likelihood of repairs. Additionally, there are some things that should only be done by professional HVAC technicians, like the specialists at Comfort Experts, Inc. Performing regular checks yourself and calling a technician when necessary will increase your air conditioner’s life, lower your energy costs, and help you cut back on unnecessary and costly repairs.Woman replacing air filter

What Can I Do to Maintain my Air Conditioner?

Even if you’re not an HVAC genius, learning a few tricks will help you keep your AC unit in its best working condition. Here are some things you can do yourself to maintain your air conditioner.

AC Filters
This is a simple and inexpensive way to maintain your air conditioner’s efficiency. By simply cleaning or replacing your air filters, you will cut back on energy use and avoid additional problems with your unit, such as dirty cooling coils. Filters need to be replaced every 1-2 months.

AC Coils
While clean filters will help your cooling coil stay clean for longer, it will eventually get a little dirty and require cleaning. The evaporator coil must absorb heat to work properly, but when it gets dirty, its ability to do so will be greatly inhibited. In addition, outdoor condenser coils can get dirty from grass, foliage, dirt, or other outdoor grime. You can see the condenser coil very easily, and you simply need to make sure the area around it is free from debris to keep it working at its optimal level.

Drains
An AC unit can produce 10 – 20 gallons of water/day during the summer and can create a huge mess if the drain clogs up. To prevent this from happening, pour a cup of bleach or drain cleaner into the drain monthly during the cooling season. If there is no place to pour the bleach, your AC professional can add one at very little expense.

Pay Attention
Simply paying attention to your air conditioner will help you notice if anything seems off. Listen for strange noises, note the consistency of the temperature in your home, and just be aware of any abnormalities. If you notice something out of the ordinary, be sure to contact an air conditioning repair specialist at Comfort Experts, Inc. Additionally, schedule regular maintenance checks with Comfort Experts to ensure your AC unit is working at its full potential.

When Should I Call an Air Conditioning Repair Company?

If you discover an issue with your air conditioner that you cannot troubleshoot on your own, you of course need to call a professional. If you suspect an issue with refrigerant, duct leakage, airflow, electric control sequence, electric terminals, motors, belts, or the thermostat, you should contact Comfort Experts With something as important as your air conditioner, it’s best to leave the hard work to the professionals.